Charlie Mitchell (footballer)
|Date of birth||18 May 1948|
|Place of birth||Paisley, Scotland|
|St Mirren F.C.|
|1976||New York Cosmos||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.|
He joined the Rochester Lancers of the NASL in 1970. The Lancers won the NASL championship in 1970, and Mitchell was named an NASL all-star. He was an NASL second-team all-star in 1971 and 1975, and an honorable mention all-star in 1972 and 1974.
In 1977 Mitchell played for Team Hawaii, where he became player-manager in mid-season. Team Hawaii moved to Tulsa in 1978 and became the Tulsa Roughnecks; Mitchell was the only player Tulsa retained from the Hawaii roster.
After ending his playing career, Mitchell returned to Tulsa as manager of the Roughnecks. The 1980 team finished with a 15-17 record and lost to the Cosmos in the first round of the playoffs. His 1981 team started with an 11-10 record, but in July 1981, Mitchell was replaced by his assistant Terry Hennessey. Sports Illustrated reported that this was due to team management's dissatisfaction with the Roughnecks' low-scoring offense.
Mitchell remained a popular figure in Tulsa, as a participant in local youth soccer programs, and as a sports bar-restaurant operator. He coached the men's and women's soccer teams at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for nine years until his resignation in June 2005.
- "Head Coach Charlie Mitchell"[permanent dead link] biography in 2004 Northeastern State University soccer press guide (retrieved May 2, 2009).
- Hall of Fame eligibility profile at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 2, 2009)
- North American Soccer League player registry at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 2, 2009).
- North American Soccer League coaches registry at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 4, 2009).
- Randy Krehbiel, "Soccer team's success wasn't easy", Tulsa World, September 15, 2002.
- "A Roundup Of The Week June 29-July 5", Sports Illustrated, July 13, 1981.
- "Youth Soccer Provides Fun, Fitness, Opportunity", Greater Tulsa Reporter (retrieved May 2, 2009).
- Jimmie Tramel, "Roughnecks a colorful, talented group", Tulsa World, June 26, 2006.
- Glen Hibdon, "College: NSU team might be best ever", Tulsa World, September 29, 2004.
- "Sports FYI", Tulsa World, June 10, 2005.